The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified in his murder trial that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying. Shayanna Jenkins was on the stand Monday for a second day. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd. Jenkins says Hernandez called her the day after the killing and told her it was important to toss the box.
The Washington Capitals showed the urgency of a team that hasn’t secured a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The New York Rangers haven’t looked the same since they clinched their place in the postseason. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Jason Chimera added two goals in the third period to rally the Capitals to a 5-2 victory Sunday over the suddenly slumping Rangers. Washington won for the fifth time in seven games to strengthen its hold on the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining.
. – Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. Woods’s last major title was the 2008 U.S. Open but he won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and topped the rankings in May 2014 before suffering injury problems and a loss of form.
BEIJING . – Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China’s top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The ban was imposed to protect China’s shrinking land and water resources in a country home to a fifth of the world’s population but which has just 7 percent of its water. …
Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said it was a must-win, and the Oklahoma City Thunder struggled with the Suns’ intensity early in Sunday night’s game. ”Once they went up 20, we had to make a decision: Defend or go home,” guard Russell Westbrook said. Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Suns 109-97 in the largest comeback since the franchise moved to Oklahoma. ”It was a huge game, and we played with a playoff mindset,” said Westbrook, who was 10 of 29 from the field and 12 of 14 from the foul line in 38 minutes.
Moving 2 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for second place in the Eastern Conference was all that mattered to James, who led Cleveland with 20 points. ”You find a way to win,” he said as the Cavaliers hung on for their 16th straight home victory despite being held scoreless over the final 4:04. No matter however you gotta do it, you do it.” The Cavaliers, coming off a stretch that had them play 14 of 19 games on the road, struggled to put away the team with the third-worst record in the league. Cleveland, which is 29-7 since Jan. 13, lost to Brooklyn on Friday and scuffled at times in wins over Indiana and Milwaukee.
Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets kept up their playoff push by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 107-99 on Sunday for their third straight victory. Joe Johnson added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Boston and Indiana. Just like last season, the Nets are trying to overcome a disappointing first half of the season with a strong finish. ”It has been a trend, for whatever reason,” point guard Deron Williams said.
San Antonio’s emphasis on continuous ball movement was cast aside in the fourth quarter. Leonard scored San Antonio’s first 15 points of the final period on his way to 25 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Spurs to a 103-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. ”What Kawhi did today was incredible and it was fun to watch,” teammate Manu Ginobili said. San Antonio won for the 13th time in 16 games to remain sixth in the Western Conference – 2 1/2 games ahead of Dallas and 1 1/2 games behind the Clippers.
John Gibson made 26 saves and the Ducks took another step to securing the NHL’s best regular-season record with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. If it happens, fine, but we’re not thinking of it.” The Ducks played a solid game against the Devils in closing out their five-game road trip with three straight wins. Ryan Kesler and Francois Beauchemin scored and Gibson was outstanding in goal, getting a lot of help from his teammates. I’m trying to help the team win as much as I can.” The victory allowed the Ducks to open a three-point lead over Nashville and Montreal in the race for the best record.
Indiana has already shifted into playoff gear. Now the Pacers must prove they belong. C.J. Miles scored the final five Indiana points and had 28 overall Sunday night to give the Pacers a 104-99 victory over Dallas – a win that put them in a tie with Boston for the No. 9 spot in the East. Paul George is still recovering from his broken right leg and the Pacers fell into a deep, early hole when starters George Hill and David West missed significant time over the first two months of the season.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Toews deflected in the winning goal with 31 seconds left in regulation to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Sunday night.
The birdie putts had not even reached the hole when Cristie Kerr marched right after them because she knew they were going in. Sunday at the Kia Classic had a familiar feeling to Kerr, even though so much in her life has changed. Four birdies in a five-hole stretch helped Kerr erase a three-shot deficit in the final round at Aviara Golf Club. Four straight birdies on the back nine enabled her to pull away from Mirim Lee and 17-year-old Lydia Ko.